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Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

Remember when the New England Patriots were blown out in front of a national television audience on Monday Night Football and quarterback Tom Brady was over the hill? No? Neither does anybody else. Brady and the Patriots are firing on all cylinders heading into the start of the holiday season, and they remain atop all National Football League power rankings after easily taking care of a Detroit Lions side that remains one of the best teams in all of the NFC, despite how poorly Detroit was made to look in New England.

The Patriots are unique in that they are the only team that essentially has a division title already in their grasp before Thanksgiving. That logjam in the AFC North isn't breaking up anytime soon. The Denver Broncos cannot separate from two divisional opponents despite notching another win. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are playing like true championship contenders, and yet they are only one game up in the NFC North standings. Even the Indianapolis Colts haven't guaranteed themselves anything at this stage of the campaign.

The NFL is a league that is set up to provide a majority of clubs opportunities to qualify for the postseason every year, and it is once again proving to be a successful model. 24 teams can realistically claim to be in the playoff hunt as Thanksgiving Day approaches. It appears as if a team with a losing record is destined to emerge as the NFC South regular season champion, and there is mathematically a chance that some 11-win clubs could be on the outside looking in come January.

But wait. It gets even more hilarious once you really break it down. Not only could a 5-11 team win a division. That side would, under the format for the NFL Playoffs, get a home game. Fans would understandably be upset were such a scenario to occur, but there is some beauty in the chaos that is the NFL. More fans than not have reasons to tune in every weekend, and that makes for December being truly exciting for both diehard fans who live and die on their favorite teams, as well as for casual viewers who prefer watching NFL RedZone.

31 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)

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30 Oakland Raiders (1-10)

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29 Tennessee Titans (2-9)

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28 Washington Redskins (3-8)

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27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-9)

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26 New York Jets (2-9)

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25 New York Giants (3-8)

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24 Carolina Panthers (3-7-1)

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23 Minnesota Vikings (4-7)

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22 Atlanta Falcons (4-7)

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21 St. Louis Rams (4-7)

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20 Houston Texans (5-6)

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

19 Chicago Bears (5-6)

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

18 Miami Dolphins (6-5)

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

17 Buffalo Bills (6-5)

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16 Detroit Lions (7-4)

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15 Cleveland Browns (7-4)

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

14 San Diego Chargers (7-4)

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

13 Seattle Seahawks (7-4)

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12 Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

11 San Francisco 49ers (7-4)

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

10 Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

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9 Baltimore Ravens (7-4)

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

8 Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4)

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7 Philadelphia Eagles (8-3)

Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

6 Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1)

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5 Dallas Cowboys (8-3)

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4 Denver Broncos (8-3)

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

3 Arizona Cardinals (9-2)

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2 Green Bay Packers (8-3)

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1 New England Patriots (9-2)

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The other quarterback nobody should bet against as of November 2014 is, of course, Tom Brady. Brady has become a Most Valuable Player candidate over the past two months, a stretch of play during which the Patriots have won seven, count 'em, seven straight games. New England has a starting quarterback and a head coach headed to the Hall of Fame, and the Pats are playing better than any other team. They are once again the undisputed kings of NFL power rankings, and New England could run the table up through the start of January.

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